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John Hutton admits 'Brown disaster as PM' prediction

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The former defence secretary John Hutton has confirmed he was the cabinet minister who said Gordon Brown "would be a disaster" as Prime Minister.

Mr Hutton has long denied being the source of the quote, which also includes an obscene sexual swear word.

But in an interview for BBC Radio 4's PM programme, he admits saying it ahead of Gordon Brown becoming prime minister in 2007.

Mr Hutton told the programme that his opinion of Gordon Brown had since changed.

He was speaking to Eddie Mair.

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